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Early Fall Exhibitions

Come visit our new Early Fall exhibitions! The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Robert D’Arista: A Portrait 
September 4-October 21 

When we look at one of his untitled figure paintings, we can feel the exactness of the model’s weight distribution and her turn in space, but the details of the environment and the identity of the individual model eludes us. Instead, we must contemplate the pure painting - the handling of the paint itself, the stuff that moves over the surface changing speed, direction, tone, color, thickness, etc. We feel the eye, mind, and hand of a master artist discovering and weighing one touch of paint against another. 

– Ron Haynie speaking at a memorial for Robert D’Arista in 1988.

D’Arista Legacy: Carlton Fletcher, Lowell Gilbertson, Edith Kuhnle, Dale Loy, Katy Murray, Marci Nadler, Lee Newman, Iris Osterman, Maggie Siner, Jo Weiss, Diane Wilson, and Susan Yanero presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art 
September 4-October 21 

Robert D’Arista taught in the American University Department of Art for some twenty years. This exhibition explores his impact on twelve of his students.

Differing perhaps in all other respects, the various contemporary movements seem to agree only on an allegiance to the expressive, the personal, and the unique effort - and proceed then to proliferate arbiters, exegetes, claques, cliques, and cabals that must be a source of wonder to the participants most of all. Seeming to obey every known law…they proceed from virtuous evangelism to Bonapartist activism, aggrandizement, and so on. We speak of the end result as an academy, invidiously - hopefully, a school.

– Robert D’Arista

 

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity  
September 4-December 16

In Without Provenance Jim Sanborn has given us all a rare gift of artistic provocation. Certainly there is an abundance of beauty in this exhibition, but it is beauty that provokes thought and reflection. The takeaway from this extraordinary show is a vision for an art collecting world very different from our own.


Finding a Path 
Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation

September 4-December 16
Curated by Aneta Georgievska-Shine

Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak have much in common as artists, yet they have never shown their works together. Brzezinski’s massive, rough-hewn wood sculptures embody the vital energy of trees as archetypes of being. Luttwak’s brilliantly colored metal creations are inspired by another essential aspect of universal growth and decay in nature – plant roots. This site-specific installation is a conversation on their approaches to nature as a means of understanding one’s path through the world, and life itself.
 

Selections from the Artery Collection 
September 4-December 16

The Artery Organization Collection was conceived as a corporate collection in the early 1980s to support Washington-area artists and enhance the real estate offices of the company in Artery Plaza, the first large building in Bethesda. CEO Henry H. Goldberg and his wife, artist Carol Brown Goldberg, worked with curators and galleries to ensure the broadest possible outreach and diversification of artistic styles. The energy reflected in the variety of art chosen over two plus decades captures the spirit and inspiration of the Washington art world of the 1970s and 1980s and reflects the cooperation of artists, dealers, and collectors. The Artery Collection is the largest private assemblage of Washington-area artists.

Works in the collection were curated by Annie Gawlak, Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, Vivienne M. Lassman, James Mahoney, and Andrea Pollan.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Event Venue

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
American University
Washington, DC 20016
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018
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